IBM and Big Brother
IBM will begin installing a "Smart Box" system in vehicles in the United
Arab Emirates next year, potentially generating millions in traffic fines
for the Gulf state. The UAE signed a $125 million contract with IBM today to
provide the high-tech traffic monitoring and speed-enforcing system in which
a GPS-enabled "Smart Box" would be installed in cars to provide a voice
warning if the driver exceeds the local speed limit for wherever he may be
driving. If the voice warning is ignored, the system would use a GSM/GPRS
link to beam the car's speed, identity and location to the police so that a
ticket could be issued. The system would also track and monitor any other
driving violations, including "reckless behavior."
They'll be here, soon.